Elk River Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org en CDC: W.Va. Bureau for Public Health Was Untrained for Freedom Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/cdc-wva-bureau-public-health-was-untrained-freedom-chemical-spill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal report says West Virginia public health officials weren't trained to respond to a January chemical spill along the Elk River.</span></p><p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state Bureau for Public Health had no epidemiologists trained specifically to deal with chemical or natural disasters. Instead, those who focus on infectious diseases led the bureau's response to the spill Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:03:22 +0000 Associated Press 17297 at http://wvpublic.org CDC: W.Va. Bureau for Public Health Was Untrained for Freedom Chemical Spill PSC Wants Shielded Info in West Virginia American Water Probe http://wvpublic.org/post/psc-wants-shielded-info-west-virginia-american-water-probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia regulators say they may consider information potentially protected by federal laws in their investigation into January’s chemical spill. The investigation focuses on West Virginia American Water’s response to the incident.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At Monday's state Public Service Commission meeting, Chairman Michael Albert said documents and emergency plans protected by anti-terrorism laws could be deemed essential and considered.</div><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:06:38 +0000 Associated Press 17240 at http://wvpublic.org PSC Wants Shielded Info in West Virginia American Water Probe Tank Registration Deadline Looming http://wvpublic.org/post/tank-registration-deadline-looming <p>West Virginia officials are reminding tank owners to register their aboveground storage tanks with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.</p><p></p><p>Tank registration is required by Oct. 1.</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:24:34 +0000 Associated Press 16863 at http://wvpublic.org Tank Registration Deadline Looming Claims Growing Against Fizzled W.Va. Spill Company http://wvpublic.org/post/claims-growing-against-fizzled-wva-spill-company <p>Thousands of agencies, businesses and people are trying to squeeze millions of dollars out of the bankrupt company behind West Virginia's chemical spill in January.</p><p></p><p>Case claims agent James Lane says Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to request money in bankruptcy claims over the spill. The total sought has topped $170 million and is growing.</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:14:09 +0000 Associated Press 16856 at http://wvpublic.org Claims Growing Against Fizzled W.Va. Spill Company Feds Describe New W.Va. Chemical Spill Studies http://wvpublic.org/post/feds-describe-new-wva-chemical-spill-studies <p>Federal health officials are outlining new studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply.</p><p></p><p>The National Toxicology Program said in a Thursday memo that potential pregnancy and liver complications are among study topics.</p><p></p><p>One study will see if pregnant rats exposed to <st1:stockticker>MCHM</st1:stockticker> show birth defects or health issues in their offspring.</p><p></p><p>Another will see how the chemicals affect zebrafish and roundworms over their entire lifespans.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:59:59 +0000 Associated Press 16727 at http://wvpublic.org Feds Describe New W.Va. Chemical Spill Studies Utility: Chemical Spill Cost $11 Million in Profits http://wvpublic.org/post/utility-chemical-spill-cost-11-million-profits <p>A West Virginia water supplier has taken an $11 million hit to address a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's tap water.</p><p></p><p>Quarterly filings show that the spill cost American Water $10.9 million in income. The company says the second quarter impact was $5 million.</p><p></p><p>State affiliate West Virginia American Water is seeking three bankruptcy claims from Freedom Industries, the company that spilled chemicals. One is a $1.1 million request to cover the filters the water company replaced.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:57:22 +0000 Associated Press 16726 at http://wvpublic.org Utility: Chemical Spill Cost $11 Million in Profits West Virginia Seeks $1.8 Million from Freedom Industries http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-seeks-18-million-freedom-industries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.</p><p>Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the claim in bankruptcy court in Charleston.</p><p>The claim against Freedom Industries covers multiple agencies' spill response efforts, including personnel costs, clean water supplies, research and testing.</p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:33:28 +0000 Associated Press 16693 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia Seeks $1.8 Million from Freedom Industries Federal Judge Sets Trial in Landfill Suit http://wvpublic.org/post/federal-judge-sets-trial-landfill-suit <div>A federal judge has set a June 2015 trial date for a lawsuit filed against a Hurricane landfill that accepted wastewater from Freedom Industries in the wake of the January chemical leak.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission filed a lawsuit in May asking that Waste Management of West Virginia be required to remove the wastewater mixed with sawdust from its landfill.</span></div><div> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:21:47 +0000 Associated Press 16490 at http://wvpublic.org Federal Judge Sets Trial in Landfill Suit Deadline Approaches for Claims in W.Va. Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/deadline-approaches-claims-wva-chemical-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Time is running out for residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston to file claims in federal bankruptcy court.</p><p>Claims against Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill, must be filed by Friday. Forms can be obtained and completed on the court's website.</p><p>According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston, roughly 850 claims were on the register as of Wednesday morning. The total amount listed for those claims is more than $21 million.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:22:37 +0000 Dave Mistich & Associated Press 16251 at http://wvpublic.org Deadline Approaches for Claims in W.Va. Chemical Spill The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 http://wvpublic.org/post/final-moments-freedom-industries-tank-396 <p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The storage tank&nbsp;that was the source of a&nbsp;chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 West Virginians on January 9 has been demolished. Tank 396, which housed the coal-scrubbing compound MCHM, was demolished Tuesday afternoon.&nbsp;</span>Contractors <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/photos-video-demolition-freedom-industries-site-begins">began demolition of the tank farm</a> on July 15.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:49:22 +0000 Dave Mistich 16224 at http://wvpublic.org The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 Speaker to Governor: Spill Law Should Exempt Small Oil, Gas http://wvpublic.org/post/speaker-governor-spill-law-should-exempt-small-oil-gas <p>West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley wants Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to limit regulation on small oil and gas operators in a law responding to a January chemical spill.</p><p>In a July 9 letter, Miley said small, non-Marcellus Shale wells are in "survival mode" and should be exempt from new aboveground tank inspections and registrations.</p><p>He says inspections could cost $2,000 per well annually.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:11:11 +0000 Associated Press 16200 at http://wvpublic.org Speaker to Governor: Spill Law Should Exempt Small Oil, Gas Secondary Intake Proposal Calls for Mountaintop Lake in Charleston http://wvpublic.org/post/secondary-intake-proposal-calls-mountaintop-lake-charleston <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two men have submitted a proposal calling for a mountaintop lake in Charleston that would serve as a backup drinking water source.</p><p>The proposal by Fred Stottlemyer and Joe Mullins seeks construction of an earthen dam to create an 800 million-gallon lake at Coonskin Park.</p><p>Stottlemyer is former public service district general manager. Mullins was an urban planner in the governor's office in the 1960s.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:32:34 +0000 Associated Press 16179 at http://wvpublic.org Secondary Intake Proposal Calls for Mountaintop Lake in Charleston Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine For January Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/freedom-industries-pays-11000-fine-january-spill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply has paid an $11,000 fine for a pair of violations.</p><p>The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 earlier this month for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:22:44 +0000 Associated Press 16177 at http://wvpublic.org Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine For January Spill PETA Opposes Using Animals in W.Va. Testing http://wvpublic.org/post/peta-opposes-using-animals-wva-testing <p></p><p>An animal rights group opposes plans to conduct testing on animals of chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply using animals.</p><p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced concerns in a letter Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.</p><p>Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials promised additional tests on rats, worms and zebra fish. They will cost up to $1.2 million and take up to a year.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:09:57 +0000 Associated Press 15994 at http://wvpublic.org PETA Opposes Using Animals in W.Va. Testing Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/feds-commit-health-studies-elk-river-chemical-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal, state, and&nbsp;Kanawha&nbsp;county officials met Wednesday in U.S. Senator Joe&nbsp; Manchin’s&nbsp;Washington D.C. office to pin down plans for more studies on the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The announcement comes as a relief to those who’ve been pressing for this development since almost day one.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Members of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources were part of the meeting.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:43 +0000 Dave Mistich 15884 at http://wvpublic.org Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill Judge Calls for W.Va. Chemical Spill Agreement http://wvpublic.org/post/judge-calls-wva-chemical-spill-agreement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bankruptcy judge is giving Freedom Industries, its insurer and stakeholders 10 days to strike an agreement on its $2.9 million insurance policy.</p><p>The company that contaminated West Virginia's largest water supply returned to bankruptcy court Tuesday in Charleston.</p><p>Freedom and 24 residents and businesses that sued after the spill proposed a $2.9 million settlement Friday using insurance. A board would pick projects benefiting the public to fund.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:13:47 +0000 Associated Press 15848 at http://wvpublic.org Judge Calls for W.Va. Chemical Spill Agreement Freedom Industries in Bankruptcy Court Tuesday http://wvpublic.org/post/freedom-industries-bankruptcy-court-tuesday-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The company at the center of a chemical spill into West Virginia's largest water supply is back in bankruptcy court Tuesday.</p><p>Freedom Industries has a Tuesday morning hearing scheduled in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. The hearing will involve a $2.9 million settlement with Freedom's insurer.</p><p>Lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom reached a tentative settlement, according to documents filed Friday in Charleston federal court.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:21:13 +0000 Associated Press 15796 at http://wvpublic.org Freedom Industries in Bankruptcy Court Tuesday $2.9 Million Settlement Proposed for Chemical Spill Cases http://wvpublic.org/post/29-million-settlement-proposed-chemical-spill-cases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply.</p><p>The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court.</p><p>The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom. Many businesses sued to recoup profits they lost while shuttered for days. A January tap-water ban affected 300,000 people.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:52:58 +0000 Associated Press 15685 at http://wvpublic.org $2.9 Million Settlement Proposed for Chemical Spill Cases Months From Water Crisis, Leaking W.Va. Tanks Are Demolished http://wvpublic.org/post/months-water-crisis-leaking-wva-tanks-are-demolished Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the beginning of the year, residents of Charleston, West Virginia smelled a licorice odor in their water. It turned out a chemical used in coal production had leaked out of a nearby storage tank, contaminating the water supply for 300,000 people. This week, tanks at the center of this crisis are being demolished. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 editor 15580 at http://wvpublic.org Preliminary Findings About January Chemical Spill, PA Water Quality, Turning Around Matewan http://wvpublic.org/post/preliminary-findings-about-january-chemical-spill-pa-water-quality-turning-around-matewan <p>Ashton Marra reports on the preliminary findings from federal investigators about the January chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in nine counties.&nbsp; In Pennsylvania, residents in one town believe gas drilling is contaminating their drinking water.&nbsp; Clark Davis reports from Matewan as residents work to turn their town around and you'll want to try yoga after young Ian Gardner in Hinton tells you all about it.</p><p><a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">http://www.alleghenyfront.org/</a></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:13:11 +0000 Beth Vorhees 15546 at http://wvpublic.org Preliminary Findings About January Chemical Spill, PA Water Quality, Turning Around Matewan